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Anyone rocking film ? " Vintage " cameras ?
Just inherited my Grandpa's classic Voigtlander Vito B



Now I really wanna tighten up a loose screw on the bottom, whack some film in and snap happy

Anyone know any cool film courses in syd ? Or cool Dark-rooms where you can process your own work ? Now I'm wishing I'd made friends with my High School art teacher..

Who else is still filim-ing ?

Anyone else got a cool old cam ?
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Also got a sweet old light meter.. though looking a bit rougher than this one...




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Just inherited my Grandpa's classic Voigtlander Vito B.

Hey, nice one. How does it feel to use. All the old cameras we had in the family were gritty and stiff to get going.

Could be a bit of fun. And a crack-up to whip out at a festival.

What lens? 50mm? And is it a f/2.8? If so, it beats most stock 35mm lenses for getting light in there. Pop some fast film in there and you might score yourself some pretty cool club shots too.

I take it focusing must be vague? Having to guess distances?

Anyway, love to hear how you get on with it.

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Hmmm... pretty sure if you'd made friends with my High School art teacher, you'd have slept the night.
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Who else is still filim-ing ?

Anyone else got a cool old cam ?



Well, not exactly old, but my EOS 30 may soon see its final outing in a while (for a trip to Broome in February), that is, assuming it doesn't get kicked out of bed for a 400D to take its place.
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Hmmm... looking at that pic now, that 20-35mm lens is going to look ridiculously fat on a baby 400D body. And I originally said I wanted something compact.
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Far too many, and I'm always picking up more here and there. I tend to find little rippers on eBay and in opshops that no-one else wants.
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I found this a while ago (belonged to my dad). I haven't tried using it yet because I haven't got around to finding the batteries for it. There's a few scratches on the lens though which might make it useless.



By the way Darko_, that light meter looks cool.

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i've used darkroom space here before;

http://www.acp.org.au/

they're near where paddington markets are held on oxford street

this page explains the hire rates and facilities;

http://www.acpworkshop.com/index.php?obj_id=facility
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I had some Linhoff's that my grandpa used to own but they where way out of my league so
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I have a remaining Leica. It takes huge film and I have some black and white in there at the
moment but havent gotten around to really testing it yet.

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I found this a while ago (belonged to my dad). I haven't tried using it yet because I haven't got around to finding the batteries for it. There's a few scratches on the lens though which might make it useless.



By the way Darko_, that light meter looks cool.

It's very hard to get the original batteries for it any more. They're like a stubby AA that puts out 6 volts. The common thing to do is use a battery adapter and use readily available 4LR44/S28px/etc batteries. They come in three chemistries - Alkaline, Lithium, and Silver Oxide. Alkalines are easiest to get and cheapest, but their voltage curve isn't optimal. Most people suggest this doesn't affect the Electro 35 though. Silver Oxide is the best but the most expensive. Lithium tends not to be suitable for camera use as it has problems giving short bursts of energy required to trip shutters, etc.

I use and reccomend these adapters that turned up in about a week. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-Battery-Ada...QQcmdZViewItem

I use and reccomend these silver oxide batteries. One should last you a year. The same seller also does 6 packs and 32 packs. If you know other photographers that use these (they're quite commonly used in film cameras) then split a big pack with them. To give you a rough idea of the savings, these usually retail for $12 to $20 EACH locally.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/6V-4SR44-Silv...sid=p1638.m118

The biggest problem though when finding Electro 35s is they are in bad shape and need some TLC. But with a full service they're one of the best 35mm cameras ever made. Yours is the original G model so is probably holding up better than most of the later GSN models that are floating around.
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not overly exciting. running a 50mm f/1.7 and 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 macro on it. ran two rolls through it but then batteries died so no metering so no more use. still havent processed the film so not sure how it will turn out

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Asahi Pentax SPII, several lenses, flash etc.

I left it in Australia when I moved to Japan. Since then both parents have moves house, and no-one knows where my camera has gone!!


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^ DUDE, THAT CAMERA IS HOT !

love the font and everything on it

digging the other cameras alot too, would love to see your collection posted phunk

spectrum, i think your cameras a little new for these here parts but will keep you informed of my vintage endevours, if and when they happen maybe a perth road trip..
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For full effect with the 60s-70s SLRs you've gotta have the extra wide paisley neck strap.
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Thanks for the info phunkdust.

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The biggest problem though when finding Electro 35s is they are in bad shape and need some TLC. But with a full service they're one of the best 35mm cameras ever made. Yours is the original G model so is probably holding up better than most of the later GSN models that are floating around.

I honestly thought the camera was going to be completely hopeless after your last comment

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They're superb cameras but they weren't exactly built to the finest tolerances, and most examples have at least something *wrong* with them, this does not include the foam washers and light seals which would need to be replaced anyway.

EDIT: My kit, even though I hate listing what I have (makes me feel like those buttgrubs that list every piece of gear they have in their forum sig)



Canon 20D, Bronica ETRS, Olympus XA, Yashica Electro 35 GSN

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The bronica ETRS is 6x6 yeah?
How is it? I'd like to get one or a Hassy 500.

Anyway I still use film (sold my DSLR a while ago), just using a Nikon FE, circa '78 I think, not exactly vintage but it's a great camera. I have a 50mm 1.8 and a 24mm 2.8, would like to get one of those Zenitar full frame fisheyes, you can get them built specially for F-mount with a jumping aperture so you don't have to do stop-down metering like with the other mounts.
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ETRS - 6x4.5
SQ - 6x6
GS1 - 6x7

If you want square format, get the SQ, it's fucking brill. Zenzanon lenses are great, just as good as Mamiya. Hassys are great but you pay a bit extra for what gain. Sure you can use real original Carl Zeiss lenses (spoof) but what does that add to your photos. If you want to go to MF, pick up a good working camera and start shooting with it, don't get into the magic camera syndrome.

Best way to get an SQ is to bring one over from the US. My ETRS came from the US, on eBay, got it for a shitload less than you could ever hope to find one locally, and picked up a couple new lenses too. The SQ only has one series of lens but if you go the ETRS then note the difference between MC and PE lenses. Always go for PE lenses if you get an ETRS.

That said the whole range is good and incredibly fucking tanky and well built.

You can also look at Mamiya gear, lots to choose from there, and there are plenty of MF rangefinders about, nice and stealthy. TLRs are great fun too, A Mamiya C330 or Yashicamat 124 are great little performers.

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i've used darkroom space here before;

http://www.acp.org.au/

they're near where paddington markets are held on oxford street

this page explains the hire rates and facilities;

http://www.acpworkshop.com/index.php?obj_id=facility

another vote for the ACP - i have friends who've had really positive experiences doing courses there.

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http://www.acpworkshop.com/index.php?obj_id=facility

looking over this makes me want to go do some b&w printing again...and i've still got a roll to develop...mmmm...getting hungry now

also noticed for $30/yr membership there's a whole bunch of discount offers available. and for the poor students, if you're available to volunteer time there it seems they've got deals for cheaper access.
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I have two bags of immaculate camera equipment that belonged to my Grandfather who died in the 60’s, he must have been a meticulous fellow as the bags include original packaging and instructions (And had been sat on a shelf and never used until I got mits on them about 30 years on!)

I've had it serviced a couple of times, and I think it shits on any other camera I’ve ever used, even though I don't use it much anymore...

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The biggest problem though when finding Electro 35s is they are in bad shape and need some TLC.

My dad's camera has been sitting in it's case for about 20 years so I'm hoping it's still working



(It's a hard case, but you can remove the top so you can still use the camera)


This isn't film, but close to vintage



Work was throwing it out so I took it. It's a Sony digital camera. Surprisingly it has 10x optical zoom. But even more so is it's memory card



I've never realised they used floppy disks in the early digital cameras

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Funny how the earlier digital cameras didn't bear any resemblance to their film counterparts because there was no mechanical need to have bits in certain places (no film transport, etc)

Nowdays the most popular cameras are based around film architecture - eg lenses in the middle... seems that the digital world can't leave it's ancestors behind.
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Finally got off my butt to snap some of my collection...






Just got the video camera on Sat It's a super-8, bought it @ Newtown markets for $10
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Nice pick up from the grandfather Darko! Post Pix kthanx

ACP, another vote. A mate of mine's used them for a lot of darkroom sexytime.

I'm still waiting for someone to post a medium format camera or Leica in here.

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Nice pick up from the grandfather Darko! Post Pix kthanx

ACP, another vote. A mate of mine's used them for a lot of darkroom sexytime.

I'm still waiting for someone to post a medium format camera or Leica in here.

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Asahi Pentax, inherited off grandfather also. I haven't used it in a few years because it needs to be repaired and I haven't bothered fixing it yet. This thread just might make me get off my arse to do so. I used it in high school, may have some prints tlaying about somewhere.

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Work was throwing it out so I took it. It's a Sony digital camera. Surprisingly it has 10x optical zoom. But even more so is it's memory card



I've never realised they used floppy disks in the early digital cameras



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This is a Kodak Retina I, made between 1939-1941. I found it lying around in my dads bedroom, collecting dust.

There is no light meter or anything - you have to guess the shutter, aperture and focus distance. I haven't shot with it yet, but would love to try it out (with my DSLR in hand, to calculate the exposure - of course).

This thing is a work of art, a fine example of the quality of Kodak before they went mass market.

PS. This was my first attempt at any real sort of product photography. What i did was shoot outside in direct sunlight with flash, against a white piece of paper.



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I only shoot film!

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Not a still camera as per say, but picked this up in good working order at a antique store on the weekend. Has really motivated me to get off my ass and pick up my first slr

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I have my dads old Pentax K1000 and another Pentax that's been tucked away. I know where I want to use it, but need to get them serviced first.

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we got out em's dad's old gear the other night from when he was a pro. Full Nikon SLR getup. I'm thinking about stealing his lenses & getting a nikon-canon adapter to stick on my 40D

his body still works but i really cbf going through the whole film process. digital is so easy & cheap!
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talking about the whole film process, how hard would it be to setup a little dark room in your bathroom? I'm thinking of developing my own film (instead of always sending it to get by a shop) but just wondering how much it would cost and if any average joe could do it

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^ Nice little set-up. Of course, it's B+W, not colour (which is much trickier, and heavily influenced by time and temperature). B+W brings its own charm, so ain't such a bad thing either.

As for the cost of doing film, a roll's around $5, and getting it professionally developed and stuck on a disk (preferably Fuji Frontier) is around $10, so the total cost is not much more than a packet of cigarettes.

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Work was throwing it out so I took it. It's a Sony digital camera. Surprisingly it has 10x optical zoom. But even more so is it's memory card



I've never realised they used floppy disks in the early digital cameras

Haven't seen one of these in a while - we used them all the time in High School - still got a bunch of floppies floating around with pics on them from one of these babies.
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On the topic of film, does anyone develop their own prints? how hard is it to setup?

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Asahi Pentax, inherited off grandfather also. I haven't used it in a few years because it needs to be repaired and I haven't bothered fixing it yet. This thread just might make me get off my arse to do so. I used it in high school, may have some prints tlaying about somewhere.

Hey, I have one of these sitting on my bookshelf courtesy of my mum. First SLR I ever used, did some black and white stuff with it in high school, and then carried it around for a few years shooting slide film with it.

Still love it, and it still works fine.
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^ click on the photo I posted. The guy did it in his bathroom.

i didn't know that was a link. i should have read the post before i double posted. cheers for the link cavey

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After visiting the camera markets in Ultimo on Sunday it got me wanting a vintage film SLR to have a play with ... what can you guys recommend? Looking at spending around $100.

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am also part of the asahi pentax club, have a 1967 edition in perfect working order with a 50mm 1.8, a 135 f3.5 and a 70 - 200f4 which is fucking shit because by the time i focus, zoom and meter the shot is long gone!

have been loving putting some b/w rolls through it, you just can't get the same feel as ilford 3200 on digi.
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